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Public Resources Code - PRC


  ( Heading of Division 2 amended by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1143. )

CHAPTER 9. Surface Mining and Reclamation Act of 1975 [2710 - 2796.5]

  ( Chapter 9 added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 1131. )

ARTICLE 5. Reclamation Plans and the Conduct of Surface Mining Operations [2770 - 2779]
  ( Article 5 added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 1131. )


(a) No person who has obtained a vested right to conduct surface mining operations prior to January 1, 1976, shall be required to secure a permit pursuant to this chapter as long as the vested right continues and as long as no substantial changes are made in the operation except in accordance with this chapter. A person shall be deemed to have vested rights if, prior to January 1, 1976, the person has, in good faith and in reliance upon a permit or other authorization, if the permit or other authorization was required, diligently commenced surface mining operations and incurred substantial liabilities for work and materials necessary for the surface mining operations. Expenses incurred in obtaining the enactment of an ordinance in relation to a particular operation or the issuance of a permit shall not be deemed liabilities for work or materials.

(b) The reclamation plan required to be filed under subdivision (b) of Section 2770, shall apply to operations conducted after January 1, 1976, or to be conducted.

(c) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed as requiring the filing of a reclamation plan for, or the reclamation of, mined lands on which surface mining operations were conducted prior to January 1, 1976.

(Amended by Stats. 2006, Ch. 538, Sec. 560. Effective January 1, 2007.)